Install your kitchen sink if necessary. If you had to remove your kitchen sink when removing your old marble tiles, be sure to reinstall it before adding the new material. Start by following manufacturer’s directions to install the faucet followed by detergent and dispenser mounts. Now, attach the sink, supply lines, and drain pipes.
Always apply a ribbon of plumber’s putty before installing the faucet and sprayer bases. Use caulk to attach the sink rim to its opening. Seal the drain and tailpipe with caulk or with a gasket—whichever the manufacturer recommends. Be sure to turn your water on and check for leaks before installing your marble tiles.
Stick painter’s tape to the top edges of the cabinets for protection. Try to cover at least the top 1 inch (2.5 cm) of the cabinets, although the more the better. This will ensure that no silicone adhesive touches their faces. Purchase painter’s tape from any home hardware store or online supplier.
Install ledgers in areas of low cabinet support. While marble tiles can be placed directly on top of cabinets, their weight shouldn’t be underestimated. Take a look at your tiles design and look for areas that have the least amount of cabinet support. Now, install 1 to 2 inch (2.5 to 5.1 cm) ledgers into the walls on the sides of the cabinets to add support.
Attach each ledger using an electric drill and the screws provided. Purchase ledgers from home hardware stores. Be sure to take measurements of the areas that need ledgers before purchasing any. Apply silicone adhesive beads to the top of the cabinets. Start by applying a 2 to 3 inch (5.1 to 7.6 cm) thick bead of adhesive to a corner and then working your way around the top of each cabinet.